Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

I haven’t run since Wednesday’s 3-miler.

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The exciting news is that my hip is really starting to feel a lot looser!! I can go long periods of time without thinking about it or feeling it. The doctor said there is nothing really wrong with it; I’ve just got a bad case of tightness.

If I’m being really honest with myself, I think at the beginning of all this stuff with the hip I was relieved to be taking a break from running and racing. I had been trying to psych myself up about a 5K season but my heart was never really in that. The confusing part was that my heart also wasn’t really into long runs either.

I would say the last long run I really enjoyed was the Miami Half Marathon which took place way back in January.

Being forced to take a break from running these last few weeks gave me time to reset physically and mentally.

Now I am ready to run again. So ready.

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When I find myself sitting idle for a period of time I’m thinking about running. I’m planning new long run routes in my head. I’m remembering the feelings of accomplishment, pride and satisfaction that go hand-in-hand with a good long run. I’m missing the soreness that comes after a good running workout. I’m missing the breathless feeling that speedwork leaves me with.

It’s time for me to get back into the game.

Absence has made my heart grow fonder for running!

Have you ever wanted to or been glad to take a break from running? I felt confused and guilty about enjoying the break at first, but it has left me re-energized and highly motivated to achieve some big goals this year!



  1. April 4, 2015 / 8:14 pm

    Right there with you!! I haven’t worked out since last Sunday (other than my daily moves) and it was nice at first!! The past couple of days I’ve been on the count down for this break. I felt like the break was long overdue and that I had tempted fate long enough by pushing so I told myself 1 week off. I’m thinking that 6 days might be close enough:)

    • April 5, 2015 / 8:24 pm

      You had really been putting the pedal to the medal and doing some amazing things. I bet the break was really helpful and your first run back is going to feel great!

  2. April 4, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    I can really relate to this right now. Although I haven’t stopped running or cycling, I am now in a 12-month break mode from “really” training and racing. At first when I found out, I was in pure panic mode and thought the world was crumbling around me. Now that I am a few months in to this new “lifestyle” I am actually enjoying the break from always going hard. It has really given me time to reset, revisit goals, and ready myself more many years to come. I have a feeling that by the time next year rolls around, I am going to feel invigorated and ready to rock n roll!

    • April 5, 2015 / 8:27 pm

      Oh yes! When you start really training again you’re going to be unstoppable! I think this “break” is going to help you crush your IM goals even more than you would have if you had done it this year. Plus it’s going to be so amazing to have your little guy waiting for you at the finish!

  3. April 4, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    I AM glad when I take a break sometimes. After my crazy February/March half schedule, I was happy to take last week and this week off, with traveling to Houston and eye surgery as excuses. I needed the break. I may not crush my 10k next weekend but mentally I’m feeling much better, and that’s what matters! I’m glad this break has been good for you!

    • April 5, 2015 / 8:27 pm

      I hope you get some good weather next weekend! And I think it’s still possible to crush that 10K. With well rested legs anything is possible!

  4. April 4, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    I haven’t run in two days bc of an Achilles injury and I am soooooo excited to run tomorrow. The rest is part of the reason we love it so much… You don’t really how much you love something until you are without it!

    • April 5, 2015 / 8:29 pm

      Exactly! So true!

      I’m glad your achilles is feeling better and that you’ll be running again tomorrow!!

  5. April 5, 2015 / 8:27 am

    This is great on so many levels! Glad there is nothing major wrong with your hip and you just have tightness you are addressing. Also, it is nice to recognize and accept that you need a break from something you love. I spent like a year off of long running so don’t feel bad! If anything, not running long runs EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND will prolong my running career!

    • April 5, 2015 / 8:31 pm

      Yes!I keep reminding myself of all the things I say to everyone else when they have to take time off running. We’re in it for the long haul, running fitness doesn’t go THAT fast, etc. It’s all true, right?!

  6. April 5, 2015 / 11:24 am

    That first image…spot on with how I’ve been feeling this week! I’m glad to hear your are physically and mentally ready to get running again!

  7. April 5, 2015 / 11:57 am

    This is so true that not running is just the thing to do to help you realize how much you love running. That you’re not just ticking off workouts on a log, but that you’re in it for the love of it. I get on those streaks where my runs (run after run) don’t feel fantastic and I wonder why I’m doing this. Almost always the run after a few days’ break feels incredible again.

  8. April 5, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    So true that absence makes the heart grow fonder with running! I think rest and recovery are just as important as hard training. I’ll be taking a nice rest after my goal race next month. So glad you’re hip is feeling better. Sounds like you’re ready to get back to it! Yay!

  9. April 5, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    I think with a long break I’m sure I’d start to crave running again. But from what I’ve found in my admittedly very short breaks thus far in my running career, I tend to really appreciate the time off and quickly throw myself into other interests that get neglected during marathon mania. In all the time I’ve taken off or mostly off, due to a cranky calf or just the winter off season, I haven’t missed high volume training nearly as much as I thought I would. I did miss it, but I enjoyed the freedom of not being obligated to run all the time a little more than I missed frequently running.

    At the end of the day, we are all too human and just want what we can’t have 🙂

  10. April 6, 2015 / 10:42 am

    I am glad to hear the hip tightness is resolving! There are a billion different things that it could be when we don’t feel good, but rest is usually the answer. We just have to rest more than we want usually!
    I do the same running planning in my head – did it for five or six weeks lol I am doing it now, as I type. I am trying to be conservative this week though, I really made my self sore, not uh oh, injured sore, but enough I needed a few rest days!

  11. April 10, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    I am totally with you! Glad you’ve been feeling a little better. I usually reach a breaking point where I KNOW I need a little break. I’m experienced enough now to recognize the signs where I’m doing too much and my body is like, “uh, yeah, no.” But, like you said, then I take a few days off and physically feel better, but mentally, all I do is think about running, haha. Can’t win!